Wednesday was a long time coming for the more than 300,000 American servicemen and veterans who have suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There's reason to think treatment might be easier to obtain for those who have endured such anguish.
It's time to expand the definition of eligibility for disability benefits and government-funded care. Sen. Charles Schumer sensibly wants to change the Combat PTSD Act to cover "service in combat," rather than just "combat with the enemy" in order to qualify for immediate compensation and for treatment more than five years after deployment.
The difference would spare all the servicemen and servicewomen who suffer from mental illnesses that can be traced back to what are considered war zones but not combat zones from one more bureaucratic battle. No longer would they have to accumulate incident reports and statements from friends to get the benefits they deserve and the help they need.